Henry Ward Beecher

Henry Ward Beecher was a theologically liberal American Congregationalist clergyman and reformer, and author.
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Heaven will be inherited by every man who has heaven in his soul.

Henry Ward Beecher

We are not to make the ideas of contentment and aspiration quarrel, for God made them fast friends. A man may aspire, and yet be quite content until it is time to raise; and both flying and resting are but parts of one contentment. The very fruit of the g

Henry Ward Beecher

Private opinion is weak, but public opinion is almost omnipotent.

Henry Ward Beecher

Flowers have an expression of countenance as much as men and animals. Some seem to smile; some have a sad expression; some are pensive and diffident; others again are plain, honest and upright, like the broad-faced sunflower and the hollyhock.

Henry Ward Beecher

Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith.

Henry Ward Beecher

You never know till you try to reach them how accessible men are; but you must approach each man by the right door.

Henry Ward Beecher

The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom.

Henry Ward Beecher

God asks no man whether he will accept life. That is not the choice. You must take it. The only choice is how.

Henry Ward Beecher

Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anyone else expects of you. Never excuse yourself.

Henry Ward Beecher

He who is false to present duty breaks a thread in the loom, and will find the flaw when he may have forgotten its cause.

Henry Ward Beecher

To know that one has a secret is to know half the secret itself.

Henry Ward Beecher

There is tonic in the things that men do not love to hear. Free speech is to a great people what the winds are to oceans ... and where free speech is stopped miasma is bred, and death comes fast.

Henry Ward Beecher

Keep a fair-sized cemetery in your back yard, in which to bury the faults of your friends.

Henry Ward Beecher

I never knew how to worship until I knew how to love.

Henry Ward Beecher

A book is good company. It is full of conversation without loquacity. It comes to your longing with full instruction, but pursues you never.

Henry Ward Beecher

Affliction comes to us, not to make us sad but sober; not to make us sorry but wise.

Henry Ward Beecher

We never know the love of our parents for us till we have become parents.

Henry Ward Beecher

Clothes and manners do not make the man; but, when he is made, they greatly improve his appearance.

Henry Ward Beecher

Troubles are often the tools by which God fashions us for better things.

Henry Ward Beecher

Men are like trees: each one must put forth the leaf that is created in him.

Henry Ward Beecher

Blessed are the Happiness Makers. Blessed are they who know how to shine on one's gloom with their cheer.

Henry Ward Beecher

Every charitable act is a stepping stone towards heaven.

Henry Ward Beecher

Riches are not an end of life, but an instrument of life.

Henry Ward Beecher

Doctrine is nothing but the skin of truth set up and stuffed.

Henry Ward Beecher

No man can tell whether he is rich or poor by turning to his ledger. It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has.

Henry Ward Beecher
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